Nawaz’s lawyer continues cross-examining Wajid Zia in Avenfield reference

Wajid Zia records statement in Al-Azizia reference against Sharif family

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s legal counsel Khawaja Harris on Monday continued cross-examining Panama JIT head Wajid Zia, the star witness in a reference pertaining to Avenfield properties of the Sharif family.
Wajid Zia, the Federal Investigation Agency additional director who headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family’s assets last year, is being cross-examined for the eighth time after having recorded his statement in the case over six hearings earlier.
Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir, who has been conducting corruption proceedings against the Sharif family since September last year, resumed hearing the case today (Monday).
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar also appeared before the accountability court.
During the court proceedings, harsh words were exchanged between Nawaz’s legal counsel Khawaja Haris and National Accountability Bureau Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi.
As soon as Harris started cross-examining Wajid Zia, the deputy prosecutor general objected and said that the defence lawyer should refrain from asking unnecessary questions.
The deputy prosecutor remarked that Nawaz Sharif has accepted that he works for firm Capital FZE. “Will you refuse to accept the employment documents? Will you say that accused was not employed by the firm.”
NAB prosecutor also said that the statement of former interior minister Rehman Malik could have been used against Sharif family but the JIT did not solely depend on it.
“The top courts have rejected the way Khawaja Harris has been cross-examining Wajid Zia,” he said, adding that the legal procedure does not allow such cross-examination.
Responding to this, Khawaja Harris remarked: “Should I stop questioning the witness then?” The NAB prosecutor said that Harris should only ask relevant questions.
The last hearing of the reference was adjourned till today due to the health issues of Judge Mohammad Bashir.
The case of the Sharif family’s London flats is based on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court’s directives last year.


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